Florida Senate - 2021                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 714
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: WD            .                                
                  03/08/2021           .                                

       The Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (Taddeo)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Subsection (10) of section 393.065, Florida
    6  Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (11), and a new
    7  subsection (10) is added to that section to read:
    8         393.065 Application and eligibility determination.—
    9         (10)(a) Regardless of whether an applicant is eligible to
   10  receive waiver services, the agency shall provide the following
   11  information to the applicant or his or her parent, legal
   12  guardian, or family member:
   13         1. A brief overview of the vocational rehabilitation
   14  services offered through the Florida Division of Vocational
   15  Rehabilitation, including a hyperlink or website address that
   16  provides access to the applicable application for such services.
   17         2. A brief overview of the Florida ABLE program as
   18  established under s. 1009.986, including a hyperlink or website
   19  address that provides access to the application for establishing
   20  an ABLE account as defined in s. 1009.986(2).
   21         3. A brief overview of the supplemental security income
   22  benefits and social security disability income benefits
   23  available under Title XVI of the Social Security Act, as
   24  amended, including a hyperlink or website address that provides
   25  access to the applicable application for such benefits.
   26         4. A statement indicating that the applicant’s local public
   27  school district may provide specialized instructional services,
   28  including transition programs, for students with special
   29  education needs.
   30         5. A brief overview of programs and services funded through
   31  the Center for Students with Unique Abilities, including contact
   32  information for each state approved Florida Postsecondary
   33  Comprehensive Transition Program.
   34         6. A brief overview of decision-making options for
   35  individuals with disabilities, which may include contact
   36  information for organizations that the agency bieleves helpful
   37  in assisting with such decisions.
   38         7. A brief overview of the referral tools made available
   39  through the agency, including a hyperlink or website address
   40  that provides access to such tools.
   41         8. A statement indicating that some waiver providers may
   42  serve private pay individuals.
   43         (b) The agency must provide the information required in
   44  paragraph (a) in writing to an applicant or his or her parent,
   45  legal guardian, or family member along with a written disclosure
   46  statement in substantially the following form:
   48                        DISCLOSURE STATEMENT                       
   50  Each program and service has its own eligibility requirements.
   51  By providing the information specified in s. 393.065(10)(a), the
   52  agency does not guarantee an applicant’s eligibility for or
   53  enrollment in any program or service.
   54         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.
   55  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   56  And the title is amended as follows:
   57         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   58  and insert:
   59                        A bill to be entitled                      
   60         An act relating to resource information for
   61         individuals with disabilities; amending s. 393.065,
   62         F.S.; requiring the Agency for Persons with
   63         Disabilities to provide specified written information
   64         to persons applying for certain waiver services;
   65         requiring the agency to provide a certain disclosure
   66         statement along with such information; providing an
   67         effective date.